Cabildo

Cabildo, New Orleans: Hours, Address, Cabildo Reviews: 4/5

Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
A visit to New Orleans' historic French Quarter would not be complete without a stop at Jackson Square, which is where you will find the Cabildo. This elegant Spanish colonial building neighbors St. Louis Cathedral and houses many rare artifacts of America's history. Among them is Napoleon's death mask. It was made from a mold crafted by Dr. Francesco Antommarchi, who was one of Napoleon Bonaparte's physicians at the time of his death. The popular tricentennial exhibition "We Love You, New Orleans" gives a great overview of all there is to love about the city.
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
Top ways to experience Cabildo
The area
Address
Neighborhood: French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.
Popular mentions

4.0
420 reviews
Excellent
173
Very good
170
Average
60
Poor
10
Terrible
7

Raven2015
Houston, TX85 contributions
Very Educational
Jun 2021
My husband and I visited this museum in the afternoon. It was not very crowded, and the exhibits were displayed well. We attended several museums during our visit to New Orleans, and found that each compliments the others. I recommend visiting this museum and allowing more than an hour in order to see everything.
Written July 20, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

leo88copper
Houston, TX554 contributions
Nice collections
May 2021 • Family
We were in this museum about one hour. Interesting collections. If people do not have enough time in NOLA, it can be skipped. We are interested in history and really liked this museum offered
Written May 26, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Linda F
2 contributions
5 star experience
May 2021 • Friends
Great history of the French Quarters with guide Edmond. We learned so much and walked away with a pure sense of the culture. Edmond’s southern charm and love of city were highlights.
Written May 12, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

cindyp_nola
New Orleans, LA570 contributions
Visit the Cabildo
Mar 2020
The Cabildo is one of the 5 Louisiana State located in the French Quarter & is worth a couple of hours to discover the wonderful history of the Crescent City. Lots of interesting stuff!
Written November 3, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

simsu66
Southend-on-Sea, UK570 contributions
Just Ok
Feb 2020
Compared to the excellent Presbytere I was decidedly underwhelmed by the Cabildo.

The building itself is beautiful but the exhibits a bit of an odd mismatch. There is an exhibit on the Battle of New Orleans but other than a few facts about the battle itself - local US armies defeated a larger British army - it did not really provide much historical context.

There was also an exhibit on wardrobes and another on maps. It all seemed a bit disjointed.
Written March 14, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

susanwalsh
Glasgow, UK1,607 contributions
Closed on a Saturday for a private event
Feb 2020
It was so disappointing not to be able to visit this museum and see Napoleon’s death mask. I can’t write a review as I didn’t get in but don’t think a major museum should be closed to tourists on a Saturday just after Mardi Gras
Written March 13, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Very sorry that we weren't open when you visited. We do rent our museums for private events although it isn't often they purchase a closure like this. We hope you are able to visit us again.
Written March 14, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Holly W
Largo, FL8 contributions
Great Museum!
Mar 2020 • Couples
What a beautiful museum full of rich LA history past and present! As a Museum Professional myself, my first order of business was to acquaint myself with the books! Bruce was so friendly and extremely knowledgable. He recommended so many wonderful books meant to enhance our experience!he encouraged us to visit the 1850 house which is def a must! Thanks Bruce, you were a great help!
Written March 8, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
We love our Friends of the Cabildo gift shop and the people that run it!
Written March 10, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Yenyok
New York City, NY201 contributions
History
Oct 2019
The Cabildo was built in the 1790s and was the site of the Louisiana Purchase transfer in 1803. Nowadays, it hosts several exhibits on local history. located on Jackson Square in the French Quarter, adjacent to St. Louis Cathedral. The Louisiana State Museum operates a history museum inside. The exhibits in the museum are well done, and there is a good variety of material.
Written March 2, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jayboy4
Sanford, FL121 contributions
Always interesting stuff at Cabildo
Feb 2020
We got into the Cabildo after several hours of walking and dodging the rain. As usual, this museum is very well done and populated with many real artifacts. One example is Napolean’s death mask, along with a small display on NO’s love of the French “hero.” Great exhibit on the Battle of New Orleans, along with a video section making fun of the Buccaneer movies in the mid-1900s and their historical inaccuracies. On the 3rd floor, there is a video display showing on maps various aspects of the crescent region. One sequence shows how population bloomed over the years, beginning in the late 1600/early 1700s to present, and the dramatic loss of population with Katrina. One shows the demographic shifts over time. One, near the end, displays the Katrina flooding over time. Impressive. Although you might bristle a bit at the $10/head (cheaper for seniors, students, etc) this museum is a good one to spend a couple hours out of the heat.
Written February 29, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for your thorough review of our museum! We love to hear from our visitors.
Written March 3, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

KG O
Los Angeles, CA152 contributions
Louisiana Historical Museum
Feb 2020 • Couples
We went for the Beading with Big Chief Montana Exhibit. The work created by the workshop participants was very inspiring. We enjoyed the other exhibits as well. Gorgeous views of Jackson Square from second story.
Written February 19, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 396
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Cabildo

Cabildo is open:
  • Tue - Sun 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Buy tickets in advance on Tripadvisor. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.

We recommend booking Cabildo tours ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. See all 16 Cabildo tours on Tripadvisor



Restaurants near Cabildo: View all restaurants near Cabildo on Tripadvisor